Shaun Wilkie Steals The Show at Big Daddy’s Billiards

Playing against a field of twenty talented players, Shaun Wilkie went "undefeated" over the weekend of August 1st-2nd at the latest event for Big Daddy's Billiards (owners Richard and Cynthia Molineiro) in Glen Burnie, Maryland.  The room hosted a NCS National 10 ball qualifier tournament for a spot to get a couple of lucky players to the 2009 NCS -National 10 ball Championship scheduled  for September 5-7, 2009 at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The true double elimination event saw many tight matches throughout the weekend with names on hand such as Tommy Kay, Abdulla Mohd, Josh McCauley, Tye Wang, Warren Sunderland, Curtis Branker, Adam Merrill, Bruce Nagle, Andy Lincoln, Alan Duty, Steve Wiggleworth, Leo Vig, Mick Barton, Richard Keefe, Richard Molineiro, Shaun Wilkie, Chris Stull, Mark Andrews, Don Hardesty and Shawn Toni.

With play beginning at noon, some of the initial rounds brought about victories for Duty (d.Tye), Sunderland (d.Barton), Toni (d.Wiggleworth), Hardesty (d.Mohd), and Wilkie over room owner Molineiro.  Wilkie, who recently aligned with Lucasi, was shooting lights out taking down his first victim, room owner Richard Molineiro, in what would end up be a close match ultimately, although it didn't appear to be the case in the beginning.  Wilkie jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Molineiro vollied back with a three pack.  It just was not enough to hold off Wilkie as he finished up the set 7-4 to move on to his next match. 

Matches played later in the day that caught the eye of those onsite, Keefe over Duty, and McCauley over Branker. Branker went on to terminate Duty's tournament life shortly thereafter.  Second place finisher Shawn Toni started out with a bye, then pushed past his opponents Steve Wiggleworth, Josh McCauley and Richard Keefe to seal his spot at the National Championship.  While Richard Keefe filed into third place, Bruce Nagle took fourth, and Josh McCauley and Steve Wiggleworth settled for fifth/sixth.

Looks like Wilkie's new sponsor Lucasi is one that he holds dear as he has nothing but great things to say about his playing equipment and it seems to agree with him as well - he described his cue as not only a top notch product, but that he was very happy and proud to be using the cuemakers product in his quest to be the best.  We look forward to hearing more from Shaun Wilkie in the coming year as he continues to prove himself a tough opponent to get around at any tournament.

1st - Shaun Wilkie Qualifier
2nd - Shawn Toni Qualifier
3rd - Richard Keefe $100
4th - Bruce Nagle
5th - Josh McCauley and Steve Wiggleworth